Three more Secret Service agents resigned voluntarily Friday after evidence of misconduct was uncovered during a stay in Cartagena, Colombia last week. Additionally, one more agent and another member of the military have been implicated in the incident, bringing the total to 12 agents and 11 GIs.
Six total Secret Service agents have now resigned from the agency due to the scandal, which involved the group visiting a number of strip clubs and brothels, including the Pley Club, and inviting around 20 prostitutes back to their hotel.
The agents, who were in Colombia preparing for the President's arrival for the Summit of the Americas, have been placed on leave.
"At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave, and their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the agency said in a written statement Friday.
The members of the military, on the other hand, have been returned to their posts and do not face charges at this time. Spokesman for the United States Southern Command in Miami Colonel Scott Malcomare said six members of the Army Special Forces, two from the Navy, two Marines and one from the Air Force were involved.
Meanwhile, President Obama continued to state his support for Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, meeting with him on Friday in the Oval Office for his first official briefing on the incident.
by RTT Staff Writer
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